Health

Writings on health and nutrition, the health care system, doctors and therapists, heck, anything to do with health.

Sep 162017
 

I wanted to see the Blue Whale heart at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), but I hadn’t been there in years, never mind in the year since my eye surgery. Navigating large indoor spaces with my new vision still makes my head spin. Yet I asked my CNIB orientation mobility trainer if he could take […]

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Aug 222017
 

I arrived at my brain biofeedback appointment cold anger fusing into brittle ice over something I’d learnt about my treatment from another health care professional. It had taken a few hours to percolate into comprehension and explode sharp-eyed moral anger through my being. Looking at brain injury through the lens of the DSM, through the […]

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Aug 052017
 

OMG. The brightness, the clarity, the colours popping and sharp are almost as overwhelming as right after my eye surgery. We trained a new area this past week in brain biofeedback. I haven't yet blogged on my evoke and 19-point qEEG assessment. But the big finding was that once again my precuneus was off the […]

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Jul 292017
 
Brain Injury Reassessment, Part One

I got my brain assessment results back. There are a lot of them! I'll talk about them in the order I did them until I peter out then finish another time. The first ones were the usual questionnaires. Can't stand them as I did a bazillion the same or like them for too many insurance […]

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Jul 262017
 

"Did you see that?" I exclaimed to my brain trainer after I'd finished my HRV screen. "Yes!" "It went up to 5.5!" "I know, and it was smoother." "Yeah, and I couldn't tell, but was it bigger?" "Yes, it was definitely bigger." "We should have video'd it." "I know. I was thinking where's the camera […]

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Jul 112017
 
Brain Assessment at the ADD Centre. My Sixth...or Seventh...?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since I had my first proper brain assessment. Since then, new ways of looking at the brain have emerged and software updated. As well as my vision. That’s what I first noticed when I walked into the ADD Centre, Mississauga office — how blue it was. No, […]

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May 142017
 
Fording Union Station for TTC Presto Card

I haven’t updated on the recovery-from-eye-surgery front in awhile. Here’s one. The first week of May, I had to go to the GO area in Union Station to buy a Presto card for the TTC. Why? Because the TTC in its disability-and-poverty-and-non-online-people hating wisdom, haven’t installed machines that take cash. At their in-station Gateways, you […]

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May 012017
 

Well, I got back the developmental edit of Concussion Is Brain Injury. As expected, my editor did a bang-up job. Hard questions, detailed comments, nit picky on the grammar and punctuation in the way all good editors should be. Awesome! But also really, really tough for me because of the thinking and decisions involved. This […]

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Apr 052017
 

I made my deadline! I submitted my manuscript for Concussion Is Brain Injury update to my editor. She’s now doing a developmental/structural edit — looking at the big picture, content, storytelling. Grammar and spelling edits come in the final copyediting round in June/July. The last week to meet my deadline was deadly. I’ve not worked […]

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